SC agencies practice for hurricane evacuation
Tue, 04 Jun 2013 13:04:13 GMT —
COLUMBIA (WACH/AP) -- Authorities are preparing for their annual drill on how to get people away from South Carolina's coast as quickly as possible if a hurricane threatens.
The Department of Public Safety is running an exercise Tuesday to practice reversing lanes on major roads leading out of Hilton Head Island, Charleston and Myrtle Beach.
Authorities won't actually stop and reverse traffic so all lanes on those roads go inland. But they will be on the side of the road and at exits to practice the steps needed to create the extra lanes.
The exercise will take place on U.S. 501 and state Highway 22 in Myrtle Beach, Interstate 26 in Charleston and U.S. 21 and U.S. 278 in Beaufort County, extending well inland on those routes. The training starts at 8 a.m.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have predicted an active season.
They predict 13-20 named storms, 7-11 storms will reach hurricane status, and 3-6 will reach major hurricane status which is category three or higher.
For more on how you and your family can prepare for hurricane season, check out â??
Palmetto Hurricane: A SkyWACH Weather Special Report
(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)